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'File 4/1 General Information regarding Kuwait and Hinterland' [‎187r] (373/474)

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The record is made up of 1 file (235 folios). It was created in 1933-1948. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Has married many timas and has a numerous progeny.
His matrimonial allifances of most importance are: -
( ft ) Hassa. a lady from the Ghanim feuaily and had two sons
and three daughters. Abdullah, ^lohasnad, Munira, Hassa, Asena.
, Be^be, daughter of Shaikh Salim bin Mubarak and sister of
S.iaikh Abdullah bin oalim, C J.E., and had one son Jabir and one
daughter Baariyah.
( 9 ) Numerous bedouin women and has two sone Subah, and
Mishaal, and one daughter Muniyat.
He succeeded his uncle Sheikh Salim bin Mubarak in 1921 and has
rerained in control of the Amirate without interruption until the
present day though a determined effort was made in 1938 to cause
him to abdicate and a serious heart attack in April of this year
has restricted his movement but not his hold on affairs. The
Shaikh is a good looking man of ligjit complexion and. carefully
trimned beard who photographs badly. He spent much of the early
part of his life with the oedouin and lias many of their traits.
• •ry pro-British he lias offered, and when called upon gives,
such assistance and facilities as His Majesty^ Government may
be in need of for the prosecution of the war. That he lias
succeeded in retaining control of his Amirate is in great
measure due to nis close relations with His M&issty 1 s Government
and so far His Highness has shown no tendency to forget this
undoubted fact* unfortunately lie is lacking in firmness in
dealing with his own relatives and allows them too much freedom
a ? tlon * He is remarkably mean and in consequence is not
liked by the bedouins who love a free giver, fortunately Shaikh
Abdullah bin Salim, C.I.E., is equally close fisted. Not clever,
but shrewd in more ways than are at once obvious, he can be
childishly stubborn and difficult to deal with while at times he
is easy and aocomuodating. A bedouin by decent with a superficial
layer of -culture and civilisation.
2 .
Shaikh Abdullah bin
as Subah. A..-ad 37.
The eldest eon of th. Ruler Shaikh Ahmed by a lady of
the house of Ghanim. Remarkably dark complexioned and extremely
fat he is the Governor of the Citadel. He dislikes Shaikh Abdullah
bin Salim C .I JJ.. and his brothers intensely and though of no
particular importance he might try ajid frustrate thenSiat
gentleman’s accession to the -amirate. As the eldest son of the
reigning Shaikh he could be of much more consequerice than he is.
3* Shaikh Abdullah bin Jabir as Subah. Aged 40- 1
Married Muni rah a daughter of His Highness and has three
sons and four dau^iters, the boys are Jabir, Sabah and Mubarak, j
He has aleo married several bedouin women. Of light complexion;
and neat appearance he is short-sighted and wears glasses. Has
for some time been the Chief Judge and Director ofTSducation.
A pleasant personality with a reputation for kindness of heart and
fairness of judgement. He is a staunch supporter of the Rulor.
Uiifortunately he suffers from a weak heart and an inclination \
towards the consuramtion of matrimony so that his longevity is a
matter of considerable doubt. ^ \
4, Shaikh Abdullah bin Khalifa as Subah. Ar.ed 40.
Married to bedouin girl of good family. A person of

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This file contains a number of reports concerning different aspects of life in Kuwait, including its geography, history, flora and fauna, weather, political administration and leading personalities. Unless otherwise stated, the reports' author is Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson (the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait).

The reports appear as follows:

  • Note on Kuwait in 1933 incorporating Geography, Administration, History and Trade (folios 2-62)
  • Note on Villages of Kuwait State (folios 63-76)
  • Note on the Various Districts in Kuwait, Kuwait Neutral Zone, Summan Area , Hussaim and Suda (folios 77-104)
  • Notes on the "Batin" Valley, and "Dibdibba" Country (folios 105-120)
  • Note on the "Shaqq" Depression (folios 121-123)
  • Note on "Failakah" Island (folios 124-130)
  • Note on Native Craft of Kuwait (folios 131-135)
  • Note on the Prevailing Winds of Kuwait (folios 136-138)
  • Note on the Different Kinds of Fish found at Kuwait (folios 139-144)
  • Notes on the Drinking Water (Wells, etc) available in Kuwait Town, in Case of Military or Naval Operations (folios 145-147)
  • Notes on Personalities in Kuwait (folios 148-154)
  • Notes on Kuwait (folios 155-159)
  • A report on Kuwait Dhows (with odd notes attached at rear) written by Alan Villiers in 1939 (folios 160-183)
  • Leading Personalities of Kuwait written by Major Tom Hickinbotham in 1942 (folios 187-198)
  • Who's Who in Muscat written by John Baron Howes in 1942 (folios 199-209)
  • Conditions in Kuwait written by Major Maurice Patrick O'Connor Tandy in 1947 (folios 226-228)

Some of the reports contain handwritten notes in Arabic, notably when giving place names and geographical information.

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1 file (235 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 237; these numbers are written in pencil and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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